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Michael Kienzer

Hanging-out, 2010

Attitude Vol. 5, 2008

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

Blue Hour Above the Rooftops of Linz:

June & July 2010, daily 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.

August & September 2010, daily 6.00 - 8.00 p.m.

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1962 in Steyr, lives in Vienna and Graz
 


Michael Kienzer, »Abhängen« [Hang-out], 2009

Installation Bruno Kreisky Park, Wien

Hängematten, Seile, Textilien, Maße variabel / Hammocks, ropes, textiles, variable measurements

Courtesy Galerie Elisabeth und Klaus Thoman

Foto / Photo: Lena Kienzer, Tom Klengel

 

Michael Kienzer, »Haltung Vol. 5« [Attitude Vol.5], 2008

Glas, Aluminium, Holz, Gummi / glass, aluminium, wood, rubber · 175 x 190 x 150 cm

 
Michael Kienzer’s sculptures are liable to appear in the guise of objects, assemblages, »bonded« spaces, highly unusual pieces of urban furniture or of anti-monuments. What these have in common is the fact that all of them call their (everyday) function, their purpose and their materiality into question and eventually regroup into new constellations, usually marked by a heavy dose of irony:

cars are put one on top of another and glued together; aluminium mesh is draped over living shrubs; a stack of telephone booths is declared a contribution to neighbourhood prettification; the extension of a cast-iron water tap becomes a sculpture in the form of a pot adorning the road space. Or Kienzer may decide to design a room that is perched on chairs, as he did at the Lentos Kunstmuseum in 2007. In the gallery space the artist also likes to build highly strung sculptures by combining soft, solid, elastic and hard materials that maintain a precarious balance without internal bonding. At TRIENNALE LINZ Kienzer shows two mutually complementary works that testify to his predilection for lacing, knot-tying and spatially expansive arrangements of ropes, etc.: Attitude Vol. 5, an autonomous sculpture made from laced-up rubber, glass and aluminium components, is on show in the gallery.

The parking deck features another of Kienzer’s installations consisting in a network of ropes, hammocks and connecting elements. This functions as a kind of Hanging-out lounge that invites visitors to give it a leg-dangling break.

(Martin Sturm)

 

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